Mommy Guide: Nursery Essentials
As a new mother, sure there's tons of things you need to do and setting up the baby's room shouldn't be that hard. You just need to make sure that it will make infant care all the easier (and safer). Here are the baby essentials for any nursery:
The safety standard for cribs changes frequently so avoid using a crib that’s more than a couple of years old, so buying new is a better bet than used. If you don’t have space for the full-size crib in your bedroom, a bassinet/cradle or co-sleeper can be just the thing.
Crib mattresses should fit snugly with no more than two fingers width between the edges of the mattress and the crib side. For safety’s sake, a mattress should be firm, too. You’re not looking for the cushy feel you may prefer in your mattress; you want something that will holds its shape and stay flat.
Babies pee, poop, and spit up—a lot—in their cribs. You’ll want at least two of these since you’ll need a dry one on hand to replace a soiled one in the middle of the night. Make sure to use a cover or pad that is recommended for your crib mattress dimensions.
Make sure that the changing unit feels sturdy, and sits securely. The top should have a raised edge or a guard rail to help stop your baby from rolling off. If space is tight, you may want to consider a cot-top changer. This is a sturdy changing surface that fits horizontally over the top of your baby's cot.
Try covering the mattress pad with a crib sheet, then layering your spare pad and a second crib sheet on top. That way when the baby wets through the first layer, you can just whip it off and the crib is ready to go again.
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Soften the sides of your baby’s sleeping area with bumpers. Just make sure they are installed correctly and fit snugly against the sides of your crib, cradle, or bassinet.
The breast-feeding nursing pillow helps mother to adjust and sit comfortably for a long period while keeping the baby on the required level to make breast-feeding an easy and relaxing experience.